Some time back, I put a journaling app on my phone. Then I discovered I don’t like writing much on my phone. It’s tedious and slow and I have fat thumbs. I make even more mistakes than I do on my laptop and have a harder time correcting them.
But I’ve put the app to good use, nonetheless. I’ve come to think of it as my gratitude app. I don’t compose long accounts of what’s going on in my life. But it’s a good place to note, on a regular basis, my appreciation for my blessings, big and small. I find a small note of gratitude is the exact right amount of phone typing for me.
Often it’s as short as “New shoes.” Sometimes it’s longer. “It’s good to have a safe place to sleep at night. Bed, pillows, blankets.” Once I mentioned fresh fruit and then noticed I’d done the same thing only a couple of days before. And I had an epiphany. It’s okay to express gratitude more than once for the same thing. I’m allowed to feel appreciation every single time I eat fruit. In fact, it’s good if I do.
So, looking back, what has merited my appreciation this year? A partial list:
*We need this rain.
*Husband repairing the bedroom door hinge.
*My journaling app has begun to stalk me. It’s a little creepy. (Oh, okay, not so much gratitude there. I ran an update and suddenly every evening at 8:00 my phone dinged and asked me “How was your day?” Just fine, HAL)
*Figured out how to change setting on journaling app so it doesn’t creep me. Yay!
*It’s nice to have glasses rather than stumbling around, groping my way through life.
*My $5 bread machine and thrift stores.
*Citizens who care about society
*My old lady cat is thirteen years old and still going strong
*I discovered a TV show called “The Librarians”
*Fresh garden spinach
*My weigela are loaded with flowers
*Fun game of Crazy 8’s with my mom and my oldest kid
*Found eight forever stamps I forgot I had
*Everyone got along on vacation
*I have a huge supply of ink pens
*Good checkup at the dentist’s today
*At work, I sometimes get paid to write
*I could have cake later if I want. I mean, the option is there.
Isn’t always a day to be grateful when you know you could have cake? Seriously. Happy Thanksgiving.